Inside the Distance

  • Director and Cinematographer – Elias Grootaers
  • Archival Footage – Zurab Mekvabishvili, Giorgi Shakhsuvarian
  • Sound Recordings – Ruben Desiere, Hannes Verhoustraete, Gerard-Jan Claes, Hannah Bailliu
  • Editor – Dieter Diependaele
  • Duration – 101 min.
  • Year –  2017
  • Country – Belgium


Five years in the making, this poetic documentary by Elias Grootaers portrays Giorgi Shakhsuvarian, an Armenian boxing coach from Tbilisi, living and working in Belgium, while preparing a young boxer to become a European champion.

The film is made out of a profound love for the man portrayed and for boxing as a sport of precarious people, often residing on the fringes of society, weaving together the idea of distance, the melancholy and floating experience of time and space of the migrant, and the choreography of boxing.

Screening on: 5 May / 21:00 / Amirani 2 | 6 May / 21:00 / Amirani 2

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